November 22nd – “weird”, “symbolically” and “silent” … U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s “embarrassment journey” of seven countries is still going on in ten days. France 24 hours television (France 24) described the U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to France, Turkey and E. in three words on the 21st. Seven countries, including Georgia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Europe and the Middle East.
Pompeo’s first stop was France, which was the first bilateral visit to France during Pompeo’s tenure.
An article entitled “Pompeo’s strange farewell journey, full of symbolism and silence” published by France’s 24-hour TV on the 21st pointed out that Pompeo spent 54 hours in Paris, during which he only appeared for one minute in public, when laying a wreath for the victims of the latest terrorist attack in France.
During his visit to France, he met with French President Macron as planned, but embarrassedly, Macron urgently clarified in front of the meeting of the two that “the meeting will be held with full transparency to the ‘President-elect’ Joe Biden team”.
In Turkey, where he visited the second stop, Pompeo did not meet any senior officials, including Erdoğan. The U.S. State Department only explained that it was because Erdoğan’s schedule had changed and could not move the time. Finally, Pompeo went to Istanbul, a famous Turkish city, and his trip to the capital Ankara was cancelled.
After the cold in Turkey, Pompeo’s trip to Georgia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates is also full of embarrassment and controversy. French 24-hour TV said that in Georgia, he was subjected to thousands of Georgians who took to the streets of the capital Tbilisi to protest. In Israel, Pompeo arranged a controversial itinerary – to visit the controversial West Bank Jewish settlements and the Golan Heights.
Ben Rhodes, a senior aide to former U.S. President Obama, pointed out that the “lame” Secretary of State is not only committed to complicating Biden’s presidency, but also preparing for the “political future” after leaving office.
French media said that Pompeo will visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia next. What Pompeo will talk about during his visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia seems to be confidential at present, because he did not give interviews to the accompanying media during his visit. The report believes that there are few precedents for this silence in the history of the U.S. State